Students Learn The Answer To: Where Do Your Electronics Go?
If you were asked where does your electronics go, what would you say? Well, 80 to 85 percent of all electronics are discarded in landfills or incinerators, which can release certain toxins into the air. Other waste gets shipped to developing countries, where men, women, and children make a living from burning these electronics and extracting its precious metals, contributing to toxic air pollution.
On Saturday, April 13th, a team of 16 Pace University students participated in the E-Waste Collection Event on Pace Makes A Difference Day: Spring Edition. Together, we collected tons of electronics from the Pace community and surrounding neighbors. These electronics are then taken apart at recycling facilities and later reused.
As community residents continued to drop off e-waste, students were excited to help, unloading the cars and sorting the electronics by size and product. Katie, a Junior Communications major says, “It was fun seeing some of the really old electronics that people brought”.
Special thanks to the volunteers who made this possible, and those who helped behind the scenes, including Dean of Students Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo, Director of Environmental Studies Angelo Spillo, Director of Physical Plants Bill Link, Manager of ClientSupport/Helpdesk Larry Robcke, NATURE Club, and Phi Kappa Tau and their student president James Ward.